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Community chorus to perform a ‘Tapestry of Light’
Steve Kinney conducts a rehearsal of the Ketchikan Community Chorus on Tuesday at the Presbyterian Church. Photo by Hall Anderson


By ALAINA BARTEL
Daily News Staff Writer

Steve Kinney said the audience at the upcoming Ketchikan Community Chorus concert will not be sitting idly by, and it’s not an event for them to just listen to. There are going to be some surprises at their 7 p.m. Saturday and 3:30 p.m. Sunday performances at the Ketchikan Presbyterian Church.

“The audience is going to be involved at several levels,” said Kinney, the musical director of the chorus. “One is participating in a sing-along, which includes the Hallelujah chorus. Others include assisting us with the lighting.”

The concert will revolve around light, and as such is titled “Tapestry of Light.” According to Kinney, the group of 25 singers and five instrumentalists will build a tapestry of light through music ranging from gospel to Celtic, and more.

The title of the concert is derived from the song the “Tapestry of Light” by Joseph Martin — a large work often described as a Christmas cantata, as it contains hymns, Christmas carols and music from around the world.

A wide variety of music will be performed, from very contemporary song poems to traditional tunes that people will readily recognize — but the audience can expect a lot more than just audio stimulation.

“I think the stunning thing is going to be the lighting effects,” Kinney noted. “I think people are going to be surprised at the PowerPoint work that Felix Wong has done. Also, there’s a great deal of other lighting effects that will go into the concert. It will be a very visual concert.”

The most enjoyable part for Kinney has been putting the music and the visions of light together so they augment one another. When people think of light, Kinney explained, they may think of constant light in the summer, overwhelming darkness in the winter and then the beautiful northern lights.

“Well,” Kinney said, “what do the northern lights sound like? How would you make that sound?”

To help with this, photographer Felix Wong has put together a slideshow of northern lights photographs, that is much more than just a slideshow, according to Kinney. He said the slides are

sequential and are put into a program that almost makes them into a video, like watching the northern lights move across the sky.

As the lights dance across the screen and the audience is consumed by an audio and visual production, Kinney wants to make sure the people behind the magic are recognized. Assisting with the lighting is Russell Wodehouse, who has spent a lot of time helping with drama performances throughout the years.

“His fingerprint will be easily identified,” Kinney added.

Tickets are available at the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council and Celebration Station, and are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $5 for students. A reception will be held following the Sunday performance at the Ketchikan Presbyterian Church, located at 2711 2nd Ave.

“If people miss this and then they talk to a friend who has gone,” said Kinney, “they will be disappointed.”